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Rig Rundown: Dream Theater’s John Petrucci and John Myung [2019]

The progressive metal band’s sultans of shred talk about the gear on The Distance Over Time tour, including John Petrucci’s brand-new Music Man Majesty Series signature models and Myung’s potential 2020 signature bass.

John Myung’s rack is topped by a wireless that pipes straight into a Whirlwind Multiselector. Next up: an MXR Bass Compressor set to roll off a bit of attack transients, then an Ernie Ball Volume Pedal, and on to a Mesa/Boogie buffered splitter. The next stop is the pedal drawer, where there’s a Mesa/Boogie Grid Slammer (kept on all the time, for grind), an MXR Bass Octave Deluxe, an MXR Bass Chorus Deluxe, a TC Electonic Vortex, and a TC Flashback, plus the company’s Hall of Fame reverb. Then the signal hits an Ashdown ABM600 amp and splits into a Voice of God resonance box, by Little Labs, which helps Myung dial in low end for his monitor and the house mix. A Fractal Audio Axe-Fx II XL+ handles additional effects, and it is foot-controlled from stage. It’s all pumped into a 4x10 Ashdown cab.

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